Procure Partnerships Framework Contractor Partners Tilbury Douglas are now on site as the first phase of a major project to restore and reopen Oldham’s historic Old Library begins. The programme of repair and refurbishment works will breathe new life into the grade II listed building and bring it back into public use.
This heritage project was secured via the Procure Partnerships North West Framework with Tilbury Douglas appointed under a two stage call off procedure.
The Oldham Old Library was originally constructed in 1883 meaning that Tilbury Douglas have prioritised the envelope and roof works to prevent further deterioration of the 139-year-old building. It will also include high level demolition and replacement with a new structure to future proof the building. In addition, the façade will be cleaned using specialist treatments and the existing roofs will be retiled and Windows will be repaired and replaced. Internally, the existing plaster moulds will be taken for future replication.
Procure Partnerships Frameworks Social Value Manager Elizabeth Lee recently visited the site to learn more about the team’s dedication to social value and giving back to the local community, with an over £3m return on investment predicated over the duration of the project.
Elizabeth Lee, Procure Partnerships Social Value Manager, Commented: “Attending the launch event and listening to how Tilbury Douglas have made early engagement a priority with multiple stakeholders inclusive of; Local Cllrs, the Historical Society and Oldham College to name but a few, was a pleasure.
Bespoke Social Value commitments as well as extra care within the locality is at the centre of the project. With opportunities available for work experience, local employment initiatives ring-fenced to the local people and nearby estates, as well as micro-organisations being incorporated into the day to day, it was a breath of fresh air and exemplary for how Social Value should be prioritised.”
Some of these social value initiatives include:
– Meet the Buyer Events
– 70% local spend
– Employment opportunities
– Educational site visits, workshops, and apprentice opportunities
– HRs Volunteering, POINT & Street Angels
– 100% Sustainably Sourced Materials
Phil Shaw, Divisional Director for the North West at Tilbury Douglas, Commented: “Being able to transform such an historic & important site into a new cultural hub, which will add so much to the local community, is a real honour for the team working on this scheme.
The building is more than a library for the people of Oldham and it is more than a construction project for Tilbury Douglas. It is an opportunity to give back to the community engaging with local schools, colleges to inspire the next generation of construction professionals whilst providing opportunities for local businesses. Together we will bring life back into this amazing building for the community to enjoy once more.”